Well today (Friday) Parliament sat to consider half of Theresa May’s deal with with European Union, and the result was, well – predictable, the indecision continues.
Yes, you’ve guessed it, if you didn’t know already, that the motion was voted down by MP’s.
There is not really much to add to what went on in Parliament today, other than to say that the Prime Minister is threatening to return to the Commons next week with her deal again. I don’t think Speaker Bercow will allow that sort of behaviour somehow.
Also, if you can’t get it through on two attempts, and then you can’t get half of it through, surely that’s a pretty good indication that it isn’t going through at all – no matter how hard one tries??
Anyway, back to the point I want to make today. I only mentioned all that to give some context.
It seems that several ERG members voted FOR today’s motion, including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson.
Just remember, these have been up until today, staunch hardened opponents to Brexit, and voted against May’s deal until today. You see, what I’m struggling to understand is, nothing has fundamentally changed in the deal, other than the Prime Minister has taken a hacksaw to it and split it in two.
So the only thing one can surmise is that those ERG’ers that voted with the Government today, are turncoats, never to be trusted with anyone’s votes ever again.
Frankly, if my MP did such a public and brash u-turn, embarrassing themselves in the process, I’d be making moves this evening to de-select them ahead of the almost certain forthcoming general election.
The European Union also stuck the boot in with this tersely worded statement; “The Commission regrets the negative vote in the House of Commons today. As per the European Council (Article 50) decision on 22 March, the period provided for in Article 50(3) is extended to 12 April. It will be for the UK to indicate the way forward before that date, for consideration by the European Council.
“A ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario. The EU has been preparing for this since December 2017 and is now fully prepared for a ‘no-deal’ scenario at midnight on 12 April. The EU will remain united. The benefits of the Withdrawal Agreement, including a transition period, will in no circumstances be replicated in a “no-deal” scenario. Sectoral mini-deals are not an option.”
Shambolic and full of indecision, just as the title says! No-Deal? I’ll take it thanks.